Exploring Nature One Step At A Time

Posts tagged “Wildflowers

Happy Earth Day 2015! Springs Trails, Fungus, Butterflies and Wildflowers

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Happy Earth Day from Hot Springs National Park.  Last year Butterflies in the park were scarce.  This spring however they have returned to feed off the abundant Tree pollen coating the leaves.  Colorful Wildflowers are blossoming and Gilled Fungi are rising up from the Forest floor.  Vibrant greenery on each trail heralds a return of the Spring Rainforest.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Awakening Life is the Poetry of Spring

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beautiful life
hope filled
enticing
delighting

within
without
each breath
a reminder

I am here

Love to ALL!
Lee
#nationalpoetrymonth


Why so many Violet photographs?

Every Spring my blog posting are filled with a variety of Violets.  To be honest I understand some of might be thinking, “Why so many Violet photographs?”

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Bird Foot Violet

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Bird Foot Violet

Each violet reminds me of my Mother as they were always her favorite flower.  She wore Devon Violets and lovingly tended the patches Violets blooming along the walkway leading to our front porch.

My Mom passed away in August of 2010 as I was rediscovering my passion for Nature photography.  In February of 2010 after the winter snow melted I was hiking the Goat Rock Trail in Hot Springs National Park. Amid the dried Leaves and dots of green I noticed a tiny purple flower. It was the discovery of that pretty Bird Foot Violet pushing through the Forest floor debris that begun my love affair with wildflowers.  I printed the photo and sent it to her in Oregon.  During that Spring I regularly sent her photos of the different violets I discovered while hiking.

I hope you will continue to read my blog each spring even though they will as always be filled with Violets.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Redbud Trees Create Layers of Spring Color

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Layers of Spring, Nature’s brush strokes upon the Forest canvas.  Vibrant pink Redbud Trees glow among the bright new green Leaves of the awakening transition.   Below wild Violets and Periwinkle are sprinkled within the emerging ground cover.  The delightful song of a curious Mockingbird accompanies my travels to view and capture the wonders of my favorite artist.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Warmth caresses the Earth awakening tiny Wildflowers and Lizards

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Warmth caresses the Earth awakening tiny Wildflowers and Lizards.  Beautiful life in the Spring Forest of Hot Springs national Park in Arkansas.

Love to ALL!
Lee

Special Thanks to the Angels who covered my blog fees! #thankful

 


Awakening Spring Forest Hot Springs National Park

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The waking Forest is painted with a gentle dusting of spring.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Lovely Birds, Autumn Leaves and Wildflowers

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I love birds and it is blessing to have  diverse migrating, nesting, wintering and breeding species in Hot Springs National Park.  One species elusive to being captured by my lens had been the tiny (tiny like a hummingbird) Kinglet.  It was a joy not only to see one but two types on a single hike.  Sheltered in the autumn leaves I spotted a Golden-Crowned Kinglet and a few feet further a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet on the Upper Dogwood Trail.

I have often read about Downy Woodpeckers using their tail feathers for balance.  Usually seeing them on the side of  big trees I have not always had a clear view of the mechanics of their tail alignment.  It was wonderful to see a Downy Woodpecker looking for breakfast on the smaller branches of the Tree above me.  His lovely tail acrobatics in full view in the diminishing autumn leaves revealed what I had up till now only see in photographs taken by others.

Above the vibrant canopy of red, orange and gold was in spectacular contrast against a perfect Hot Springs blue sky.  Below on the edges of the trails Wildflowers of purple, pink and blue create a decorative border of vibrant color.  As always it has been a perfect morning in the autumn Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

 


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